WordPress comes in two versions: a fully managed and hosted version at WordPress.com, and a
self‐hosted, self‐managed version you can download at WordPress.org. Which version is best
for you depends on your current and future needs, so it is important to understand the goals and
requirements of your website.
It is possible to move your content from one version to the other, so you can change your mind
later. But as you will see, it would mean giving up different kinds of functionality.
About WordPress
WordPress is open‐source software, meaning anyone can
download it, use it, and change it, generally for free and
with few restrictions. It has been around since 2003 as a
program for self‐hosted sites, and this book uses version
4.1. The organization that developed around the software,
WordPress.org, later started WordPress.com for people
who did not want to host their own sites.
Why WordPress?
What separates WordPress from other free blogging or content
management tools is the size of the community. Yes, it is easy to
use, but more importantly, so many people use WordPress that the
number of resources available far outstrips any other platform.
Whether it is troubleshooting an installation, helping with your
design, or needing added functionality, it is easy to find a free or
paid solution.